Her opponent in 2012? Karen Harrington.
Via Hot Air:
Meet Karen Harrington, the Republican challenger who, in 2010, nearly beat Debbie Wasserman Schultz in a 2:1 Democratic district. Accustomed to comfortable margins of victory, Wasserman Schultz was surprised a year ago when Harrington pulled in nearly 40 percent of the vote. Debbie Downer is liable to be still more surprised in 2012 because Harrington has mounted a second campaign against the Democratic National Committee Chairwoman — and she’s ready to do definitively what she nearly did last time.Being the chairman of the party you represent does give one name recognition but being the chairman of a party that asks you to lie about practically everything gives you the wrong kind of name recognition.
“We are more than sure we can win,” Harrington said yesterday in a private conversation at BlogCon2011.
When Harrington treks door to door through Florida’s 20th district, her potential constituents often ask two things: (1) Is she a politician? and (2) Is she a lawyer? Harrington is neither. Voters are happy to hear it. They’re even happier to hear what she is: a small-business owner, wife and mother of three children. She also happens to be a three-time cancer survivor — but that crops up in conversation only if an adroit question elicits it.
She’s lived in South Florida ever since her parents moved to the Sunshine State from Massachusetts in 1969 — and her family and she have been in business for themselves for almost as long — 37 years. Today, at the helm of three homestyle restaurants, she and her younger sister employ about 100 people. That means she knows firsthand how government helps or hinders the efforts of job creators.
Look for Wasserman-Schultz chairmanship to be more of a liability in 2012 for that very reason.
Just look at Jay Carney. He was more liked when he was less known.
More from Tina Korbe at Hot Air.